Der Spiegel has an interesting article on Singapore's recent move to loosen up politically as part of a general drive to encourage creativity and spur the city-state's transition to a post-industrial economy. I'd seen posts in other blogs about the enormous rallies in support of the opposition Workers' Party, so this doesn't come as a complete surprise, but I wasn't aware that the ruling PAP was actually tolerating this sort of thing. I wonder how similar this really is to the steps taken by the KMT in Taiwan some years ago? Granted, the political situation isn't entirely the same, since Singapore doesn't have a ginormous neighbor continually making irredentist threatening noises, do they? Last I heard, neither Malaysia nor Indonesia were terribly keen on the ethnic Chinese who (IIRC) make up the vast majority of Singapore's citizens, but it's not a corner of the world I claim to know much about.